“The system has failed”: Supreme Court criticizes Delhi government for black marketing of oxygen cylinders | India News
The court criticized the AAP-led Delhi government saying its entire system has failed as the black marketing of oxygen cylinders and drugs crucial for treating Covid-19 patients continues. “This is a mess that he has not been able to resolve,” the court said.
The court further said: “If you (Delhi Government) they will not be able to manage, then he tells us that we will ask the Center Government official to take charge (of the recharging unit) “.
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Sir Ganga Ram Hospital requires a minimum of 11,000 cubic meters of liquid oxygen per day and has a consumption of 10,000 cubic meters per day, authorities said.
A bench of judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli observed that this was not the time to become vultures. “Do you know black marketing? Is it a good human gesture? ”Said the bank to the oxygen rechargers.
The HC issued a contempt notice and called on the Delhi government to take action against cylinder dealers who erred. The court also told the government to detain black merchants, saying it “has powers to take action.”
The court told the government that it has to lift its socks regarding the distribution of not only liquid oxygen, but also oxygen cylinders. “They don’t keep track of how they are supplying O2 to hospitals / individuals, leading to an artificial black market,” the court said.
People gathered in front of an oxygen recharging facility. (PTI)
The court order came as the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute reported that they are facing an oxygen shortage and that the nodal officer in question is defenseless.
The Delhi HC also ordered the Delhi government to take the registration of all pharmacies on the supply of Remdesivir, Dexamethasone and Fabiflu and other drugs, and conduct a random audit to determine any black marketing
As of Sunday, several hospitals in the national capital faced severe shortages of medical oxygen even after receiving emergency supplies with help from the Delhi government and police.
The elite healthcare center in central Delhi had sent multiple emergency messages last week amid a severe oxygen shortage as the lives of hundreds of patients at the center hung by a thread.
The crisis had led some of the health centers to freeze patient admissions.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that the number of emergency messages from hospitals has been reduced due to coordination between the central and state governments.
(With inputs from agencies)